How to Seem (Or Be) Well-Read

August 1, 2014

“The easiest way to appear to be well-read is to socialize exclusively with uncultured cretins, which simply won’t do, so instead you should subscribe to the New York Review of Books and read it religiously, committing to memory one idea from each piece and praying to achieve a casual air when, at a dinner party, fobbing off this insight as your own.” Advice from Slate on how to appear well-read, with some bonus advice on how to actually become well-read, just for good measure.

is a staff writer for The Millions. She lives in New York and every so often writes things at kaulielewis.wordpress.com.

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